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SnoCountry SnoCast: The Christmas Edition Features Multiple Storms
Heading through the Christmas holiday, multiple storms will make their way across the U.S. and Canada. Question is, will these bring the gift of snow to your favorite spot?
Western U.S. & Canada
The West, especially the Northwest, will receive the largest presents this week. At least two sizable storms will push through the Canadian Rockies and Cascades. The first will arrive on Thursday with snow levels down to 4,000 feet in areas. Strong, gusty wind will accompany the storm as it moves northeast through Alberta and the U.S. Rockies Friday, while weakening. Jackpot totals will be in Washington and British Columbia.
Saturday, light snow showers will coat the southern Rockies with a quick 3-6” and then Sunday another storm arrives at the Pacific Northwest coast. The pattern will stay wetter while turning colder Christmas Eve and Day for all of the western U.S. and Canada. In total the Northwest will get 12-20” and up to 32” through Christmas. That’s why this week I love British Columbia’s Red Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb and Cypress Mountain. I also really like Washington’s Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass and 49° North.
Eastern U.S. & Canada
We have a wet storm coming our way for the East. I’m going to focus on when and where we will get snow out of this. It will be mainly rain Thursday for the Southeast, Friday and early Saturday for the Northeast. However, there will be back-edge snow showers in the mid-Atlantic mountains Friday and for the Northeast mountains Saturday night. The snow potential on the back side will be light, but enough to give us a quick 2-4".
Light, fluffy snow will fall in the Northeast Monday as a clipper system brings 2-5”. It will be chilly Christmas Eve and day and certainly cold enough to make snow once this wet storm departs. This week I like West Virginia’s Snowshoe, New York’s Whiteface, and New Hampshire’s Bretton Woods.
Northern Vermont University – Lyndon meteorology students James Mundy and Francis Tarasiewicz contributed to this story.